Athens in Central Athens Regional Unit, Attica Region, Greece
The “Old Temple” of Athena
Built at the site once occupied by the palace of the Mycenaean ruler of Attica, the temple replaced a smaller Geometric one (8th century B.C.) also dedicated to Athena Polias. The only remains of this early temple are two stone column bases as well as a bronze disc with an image of Gorgo, which adorned the pediment or the tip of the roof in the 7th century B.C.
The "Old Temple" of Athena, a Doric peripteral building with 6 columns at the front and rear end and 12 at the sides, measured 43.44 x 21.43 meters. It was built of poros, while Parian marble was used for some upper parts, such as the metopes, pedimental sculptures and tiles. One pediment was adorned with a sculpted group illustrating the Gigantomachy (the battle between the Olympian gods and the rebellious Giants), while the other
The temple was built in 525-500 B.C. and is associated with the sons of the tyrant Peisistratos or the Athenian people at the time of the establishment of Democracy by Kleisthenes. It was destroyed in 480 B.C., during the Persian invasion. Many of its architectural members were later incorporated in the north wall of the Acropolis.
Location. 37° 58.306′ N, 23° 43.587′ E. Marker is in Athens, Attica Region, in Central Athens Regional Unit. Marker can be reached from Theorias Street north of Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. This marker is part of the archaeological park that is located at the Acropolis of Athens, and is situated vey near the Parthenon. Marker is in this post office area: Athens, Attica Region 21 0321 417, Greece.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Erechtheion (within shouting distance of this marker); The Parthenon (within shouting distance of this marker); A. The Sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia, B. The Chalkotheke (within shouting The Statue of Athena Promachos (within shouting distance of this marker); A. The Propylaia, B. The Shrine of Athena Hygieia and Hygieia (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Areopagus Hill (approx. 0.2 kilometers away in Attica Periphery); The Acropolis of Athens (approx. 0.3 kilometers away in Attica Periphery).
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